Grand plans. One Certificate of Completion. And too little time!

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

Way back in March (which seems like forever ago) when the State of Maryland began shutting down, and we were all trying to figure out how to continue, how to adapt, what to adapt to, and awaiting guidance from the Gov's office, and our REALTOR® Associations, I decided to use this time in the best way possible. 

If I'm going to be stuck at home, I would do all the things. I would tackle my home improvement list. I would clean up my office. I would get all the continuing education done that is needed for the next license renewal - and then some! I truly had grand plans to do it all and more, to not only survive this pandemic, but to thrive, and to emerge with more certifications/designations behind my name, more knowledge, more tools, more energy...  

Well.. fast forward to today. My house appears to be shrinking. I never got around to cleaning up my home office. There are more files on it now than ever before. I did take time to stay up-to-date on all developments, squeezed in a few webinars, and even earned one Certificate of Completion! It didn't go the way I had imagined: blissfully studying without distraction while sipping on a cup of freshly brewed coffee, or even a glass of wine - since I wouldn't have places to go, right? Wrong!

Instead of being able to 100% focus on the Real Estate Investing course, and others, I had to make a real effort to find the time to see it through! Instead of studying and researching the topic, I never stopped communicating with clients, researching market stats & activity, and listing the gorgeous properties I couldn't tell you all about when they were Coming real soon! Now they are sold, pending, or on the market with showings happening - virtually or (safely) in-person!  

So here I am, a little bit more educated, but definitely thriving, cautiously optimistic, and very excited, as Maryland is about to enter phase 1 of the reopening plan. All my grand plans for all the time it turned out I would not have while Maryland's stay-at-home order was in effect, have already become a funny anecdote. But I really should tackle my home office! 

Real Estate Investing, Andrea Bedard


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Thompson Company, REALTORS

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 17+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, is fluent in Real Estate & German, pro preservation, passion and coffee fueled. 

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Comments (7)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Andrea Bedard - it is so fortunate that it worked that way for you.  Staying in touch comes before cleaning for me too.  That pays dividends.

May 14, 2020 08:55 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I usually prefer to attend classes in person, but I finally gave in and signed up for a couple of online CE classes.

May 14, 2020 12:20 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

Hi Grant Schneider, Real Estate just never stopped happening in our area - and I am so glad! Our inventory levels are low, and buyers want to/need to buy. Cleaning up my home office can wait 

May 14, 2020 05:55 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

I prefer in-person classes as well Brian England, no doubt! It takes me a lot longer getting through the online courses since I am diligently taking notes vs. following along on print-outs. I filled a whole notebook with notes taking the RE Investing class! 

May 14, 2020 05:59 PM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

My grand plans were foiled by taking my 3-yr old granddaughter for a month (to give our kids a break).  Parenting is not for the faint of heart!  Needless to say, I needed more coffee than usual to keep up with her, so I ordered a Nespresso machine!  Ha! 

May 15, 2020 04:38 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

The amount of coffee I've been consuming lately is unreal Melinda (Mel) Peterson ! (well, and perhaps just a little bit more wine). I should invest into a coffeeshop-worthy machine! 

My oldest usually spends the summer with the grandparents in Germany - the uncertainty of whether or not we'll be able to make it happen this year has been stressful. I have a glimmer of hope left, because the memories they/we all get to make are priceless! 

May 16, 2020 07:27 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

and so it goes!  UGH - wishing you all the best in this crazy time. 

May 29, 2020 06:53 AM